Now accepting applications: Innovation Supports Team RFQ- apply by March 29!

We are excited to share that the Prenatal-Five Innovation Supports request for qualifications (RFQ) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on March 29 at 2:00 pm, please submit your application by then.

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and submit an application.

Note: please create a log-in to view details and access the ZoomGrants webpage.

About this opportunity

The Innovation Supports strategy supports select Best Starts partnered organizations as they pilot innovative programs and approaches that serve young children from birth to age five and their families. We know that the first stages of any new program or approach can easily be the most challenging. In order to support each partners’ success, the Innovation Supports team works alongside each organization from the initial design and idea development to full implementation of their programs and approaches and provides support through trainings, workshops, communities of practice, and more.

Eligibility: This opportunity seeks to select well qualified individuals and/or groups of applicants who can form an Innovation Supports Team of up to 4 individuals. This request is open to non-profit and for-profit organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), individuals and leaders from community, tribes and tribal organizations, private consultants, public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits, small businesses, and CBOs are encouraged to submit applications.

Funding: Approximately $875,000 (over three years) is available to support this funding opportunity.

To learn more about the details of this funding opportunity, read Section II of the RFQ document on the ZoomGrants webpage – click on yellow highlighted text above to access the ZoomGrants webpage.

Have questions? Attend an information session

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend one of two information sessions to ask questions and learn more. Information sessions will be held via Zoom and the same information will be shared at both sessions.

February 24 at 2:00-3:30pm

March 1 at 9:30-11:00am

Timeline

RFQ ReleaseFebruary 15
Information SessionsFebruary 24: 2 – 3:30 p.m. & March 1: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrantsMarch 8
Final day to initiate request for application assistance  
See Section VIII. Application Assistance for information.
March 15
Applications dueMarch 29 by 2:00 p.m.
Responses reviewedApril 4 through April 15
Interviews with applicants (by invitation only)April 25 – 27
Reference checks with others who have received past supports from applicantMay 2-4
Notification of selected and non-selected applicantsMay
Anticipated program/contract start dateJuly 2022

Would you like support? Access free Best Starts technical assistance!

We know that applying for funding opportunities requires a lot of energy, time, and support — that’s why we partner with technical assistance consultants to support organizations who are interested in applying for Best Starts funding opportunities.

Best Starts partnered consultants can support by: helping to determine appropriate fit between your work and this funding opportunity, providing guidance on how best to answer application questions, supporting your application development (including editing and reviewing), and supporting you in explaining your qualifications in the most clear and concise way.

If you are interested in accessing technical assistance, please email our consulting partner below.

Brittany Kirk Nonprofit ConsultingBSK@brittanykirk.com

Brittany Kirk believes that thoughtfully prepared and strategically managed grant applications can be meaningful catalysts to collaboration, program development, community impact, and organizational sustainability. Brittany and her team have worked with more than 70 diverse nonprofits across a wide spectrum of missions including health and nutrition, economic development, social services, education, arts, and environmental sustainability. With each client, they seek to apply proven strategies in nonprofit fundraising and management to the unique challenges, missions, and contexts of each organization. They aim to help clients tell authentic stories about their work, raise flexible dollars that allow them to stay on track towards their goals, and build infrastructure that will help them continue doing good work well into the future. Brittany holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Governance and Public Policy and has been a highly-rated teacher at events hosted by the Puget Sound Grantwriters’ Association (PSGA), Washington Nonprofits, Bainbridge Community Foundation, and the Kitsap Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 

1. Check out our funding calendar here! 

This calendar shares upcoming funding opportunities staggered throughout the year. Please note in the moment that you’re receiving this note, estimated opening dates are given – we will update this calendar as we continue with implementation. 

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3. Join us at our second Virtual Open House!

Save the date for our quarter 2 Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 30 from 9 AM -5 PM! Similar to our first Virtual Open House, we plan to share information about upcoming funding opportunities and connect with community. We plan to host quarterly virtual open houses – stay tuned for registration details!

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